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Feb 18, 2020 - The Valley of the Kings

Valley of the Kings: This is also know as Valley of the Gates of the Kings. Monday the 17th We flew from Cairo to Luxor. Luxor, once an Ancient Egyptian capital, is known today as the world's greatest open-air museum. From the tomb of Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings and the magnificent sunset views at the majestic temple complexes of Karnr, Roalak, and Luxor. Books have been written about the tombs and temples and our view there is still has much to be told. Tuesday we visited the Valley of the Kings. So far 63 tombs have been...

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Dec 1, 2019 - fly to Luxor

We had barely settled in on our cruise ship Clio and it was already time to leave. Thanks to government bureaucracy we had a late start, which was sorely needed after the mixed drinks at the captain’s welcome aboard party and the unlimited wine at dinner. I was shocked when one of the waitresses rushed up to us and gave us a hug. She remembered us from our cruise on the Corinthian on the Iberian peninsula two years ago. She did look vaguely familiar to us, but she seemed to have vivid memories of us for some reason. Wonder what we did....

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Nov 20, 2019 - Valley of the Kings

Each day we see more and better fascinating sites!! Today’s visit was to the West Bank of the Nile in Luxor and what a difference in the landscape. There is one irrigation canal and sugar cane, bananas & dates are grown for a short distance from it & then the land turns to sand and limestone. Miles and Miles of sand & limestone!! We made 4 stops today and they were all jaw-dropping. First was the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut. Built for the Eighteenth Dynasty pharaoh Hatshepsut (who was a woman), it is located on the west bank of the Nile...

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Nov 19, 2019 - Karnak & Luxor Temples

What a perfect day to marvel at the sights we saw this morning. It is almost too much to absorb and realize how old these buildings are and how the carvings, paintings and statues are still standing!! Our visits this morning were on the East Bank of the Nile in Luxor where the landscape is green and lush because of the irrigation methods used. Our first stop was the Temple of Karnak Temple Complex which comprises a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings. Construction at the complex began around 3,000 BC and the...

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Nov 18, 2019 - Luxor

I can personally attest that a 3:30 wake-up call for a 4:30 departure is pretty dang early!! The flight was fine and we arrived to a much warmer climate (84 degrees) and a MUCH clearer and smaller city. There were no piles of trash, litter in the streets or sidewalks and the streets were much wider and traffic much more normal. We got checked into our cabins and spent the rest of the day pretty much doing nothing – which was great. The others had signed up to go to the Luxor Museum thinking it was later in the week so they trudged off to...

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Nov 3, 2018 - Cruising the Nile

Sunday, October 28 Today was a resting day, which was nice. After breakfast I stopped in the lobby to use the Internet. fine. I thought I could get done in a half hour, but it shut off just as I was about to send the email. I got another half hour so I reviewed and turned one picture right side up before sending the notification. Then I had time to run through my email and get that caught up too. All of this while sitting at a desk watching the Nile go by. I got a mystery about an archaeological dig here in Egypt, but I can’t concentrate on...

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Egypt 2018

Apr 18, 2018 - Safaga (Luxor) Egypt

History: Luxor, Egypt is called the “Hundred-Gated City” by Greek historian Homer. Luxor is set on the West Bank of the Nike River. It was once known as Thebes and served as the capital of Egypt’s New Kingdom. It is here on the West Bank, in the valley of the Kings and Queens, lie the tombs of Egypt’s great pharaohs. Today was exhausting went to see the tombs of the Kings and Queens of Egypt. Started at the massive Karnak temple complex then had lunch as we sailed across the Nile for exclusive access to two amazing tombs, Queen Nefertari...

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Apr 18, 2018 - Luxor temples, Valley of Kings, Queens, speed bumps and lunch on the Nile

Up early for the 13 hour tour of Luxor; Karnak Temple complex, Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens. It’s a full day. Luxor is 2 hours inland from the port and then 1 hour south along a Nile river side canal. The port area looks pretty new and small. We are soon in the desert, driving on the highway to Luxor. No one is allowed to sit in the first two rows of the bus. In addition to our guide, a “Tourist policeman” is sitting in the front row. He is dressed in a black suit and is packing a very large gun. Each bus has a policeman. He...

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Feb 19, 2018 - Valley of the Kings

We checked out of the Winter Palace at 6:45 a.m. to get an early start to the Valley of the Kings. It was once part of the ancient city of Thebes and is the burial site of almost all of Egypt's Pharoahs from the 18th-20th dynasties. So far 60 tombs have been discovered with the most famous being King Tut's which has been opened to the public recently. We were able to visit 5 of the tombs--King Tut, Rameses III, IV, V/VI, and IX. King Tut's tomb is the most famous and requires an additional ticket but it was extremely small and plain...

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Feb 18, 2018 - Karnak

On our departing the ship today at 10:00 am we were handed a sack lunch to take with us on our charter flight (Judi Bailey’s first charter flight) to Luxor. We went through a metal detector leaving the port in Hurghada, one upon arrival at Hurghada airport and another one inside the terminal before the boarding area - the last one with shoes off and a pat down. Upon our arrival at Luxor after our 30 minute flight, we checked into the Winter Palace overlooking the Nile for our one night stay. We had a short time to refresh before boarding...

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Mar 21, 2017 - Sailing down the Nile

Seriously, so much. Got up at 3:30am yesterday to meet Achmed and Mohammed for the ride to the airport. Security here is so strange - we had to send our bags through the x-ray and go through the metal detector to just get into the airport, but when I set off the metal detector with my bionic knees, nobody blinked. I've probably gone through 25 metal detectors since I got here and set them all off, and nobody seems to care. A short flight to Luxor. Looking out the airplane window, there is nothing but dessert for as far as you can see. This...

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We're in Denial

Apr 13, 2016 - 4 April 2016 - Luxor, Egypt

We were all awake very early the next morning (around 5.30am) due to our early night last night. Breakfast was served and then Tim got a lift back to the truck and drove to meet us. Then we were on our way to Luxor. On the way we stopped at the town of Edfu to visit the Temple of Horus, the falcon-headed son of Osiris. It is supposed to be the most completely preserved temple in Egypt and dates back thousands of years. We arrived in Luxor in the late afternoon for a 3 night stay. On 5th April we left at 6am to visit the Valley of the Kings...

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